Ah, the age old question: Should I buy my boss a Christmas gift? You’ve already set your Christmas budget, and you are planning your purchases. You know who in your family to buy for, but you keep getting stuck at this one, tiny little question.
Believe it or not, whether or not to buy a boss a gift is a big dilemma for most people and that we tend to come across year and year again. Hopefully we can answer this question once and for all.
First of all, buying your boss a Christmas gift – even something small and thoughtful – can be a good career move and score you some brownie points. It shows your boss that you are thinking about them over the holidays, and it’s also nice to show them a little appreciation. While you’re in that thinking mode you can also buy a gift for your child’s teacher too – so that they can get better grades/look good in front of their teacher.
However, giving your boss a Christmas gift may leave you seeming like a major suck up if you don’t consider the below factors.
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How Is Your Relationship With Your Boss?
If you rarely see your boss, and don’t really know them very well, buying your boss a Christmas gift may be overkill. While it seems like a nice gesture, your boss might see it as a tacky attempt to gain their attention and suck up.
If you have a good relationship with your boss, you should treat them like you would anybody else with whom you have a good relationship. If you only give your friends cards, only give them a card.
Are You Having an Office Gift Giving Swap?
You are really going to stand out as a suck up if you give your boss (and only your boss) a gift outside of the office gift swap – unless, of course, you pull their name.
If you really want to give your manager something outside of the office gift swap, a card will suffice and maintain your relationship.
Do They Usually Do Something For Staff?
If your boss usually takes their reports out for lunch during the holidays to show their appreciation, or gives a card or a gift card or something of that nature, you should probably return the favour and get your boss something.
A great piece of advice in this scenario is to give your boss something that is around the same value as what they give you.
Company gifts (bonuses, etc) do not count – you don’t have to give your boss a $1000 gift if they give you a Christmas bonus, because that bonus is not coming out of their own pocket.
Do Your Colleagues Give?
You don’t want to be the only one in the office to not give a gift to your boss.
If most or all of your colleagues get them something small, follow suit and do the same. Perhaps going in with your colleagues to give your boss a nice bottle of wine and a group card, or a gift card to their favorite store that has a higher value may work better than every single person giving small gifts.
There is no hard and fast rule as to whether or not you should buy your boss a gift, however, these considerations will be helpful to help you make your decision.